Dubai is known as a very expensive city tailored for luxury vacations. The taxis there are clean, comfortable and relatively cheap. For example, a trip from the airport will cost you around $25, which is not the worst price. Also, if you are a single female traveler you can even choose the Ladies’ Taxi with a female driver. However, if you are a budget tourist, getting a cab every time you want to go somewhere will burn a huge hole in your wallet. So, here are some other options for getting around Dubai for the budget traveler:


Dubai is clean and very safe, so you don’t have to be afraid of getting mugged when you go for a walk around the city. Dubai also offers its pedestrians very wide sidewalks and several bridges for safe crossing of the highways.

Of course, you need to keep in mind the weather. Outdoor temperatures may be so hot that you won’t be able to move far away from your accommodation on foot. The best months for taking long walks through Dubai are December and January. October through March is also tolerable. However, it is almost certain; you won’t be able to enjoy a walk during the summer months and even September, when the temperature reaches up to 40-50 oC, with high humidity.


The Dubai metro is still under construction. There are currently two lines in operation. The Red Line runs from the airport towards Rashidiya, the western part of the city. And the Green Line connects Al Qusais, which is also situated not far from the airport, with Al Jadaf, a neighborhood to the east of downtown. The Metro in Dubai is clean, fast and comfortable. Each train offers a section for only women and children.

Furthermore, the Metro operates from 5:30 AM until midnight, Thursdays from 5:30 AM until 1 AM and Fridays from 10 AM until 1 AM. You will need a Nol ticket to enter the Metro, which you can buy at any station. Plus, the fare ranges from 2 to 6.50 dirhams, depending on distance and duration of travel. If you are planning to use Dubai public transport several times you should get a Nol card, which you can use for the Metro, buses and waterbus rides. You can use it as a pay-per-ride card or a day pass, whichever is more convenient for you. Just load it with money, and you are ready to go.


There are over 75 bus routes within Dubai city and 15 inter-emirate routes. The bus costs the same as the Metro, and can also be paid by a Nol card. Buses operate from 5 AM until midnight. They are clean, comfortable and have air-conditioners, which are a necessity when the temperature reaches 50 oC. However, the route scheme can be rather confusing. Thus, to save yourself time and nerve, we recommend going down into the subway instead.


The modern monorail will take you all the way from the Palm Jumeirah to the Atlantis Hotel on the island’s crescent. It operates from 8 AM to 10 PM and costs 15 dirhams one-way or 25 dirhams for a round trip ticket. In the future, it is planned to connect the monorail to the Metro system.


In addition to private boats called Abras, which cost 1 dirham and will get you across Dubai Creek, there is a city-owned boat service known as the Dubai Waterbus. These boats are more spacious and high-tech than Abras. They have air-conditioning and service stations right outside of the downtown area. One trip costs two dirhams, but you can pay with a Nol Card. On Abras drivers only take cash.

November 4, 2016 1:29 pm Published by 1 Comment

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